1. These apps let you turn your hobbies into income and prizes

There are several apps on the market that allow you to make a profit off your passions. Here are five you should be checking out:

  • Foap (Android and iOS) – This app lets you sell your photos; some brands pay users to snap photos.
  • Receipt Hog (Android and iOS) – This app lets you scan your receipts for points to win prizes. The more you spend, the more points you get.
  • FeaturePoints (Android) – If you download an app and try it out, you earn points for prizes with FeaturePoints.
  • iPoll (Android or iOS) – Just like the name indicates, iPoll asks for your opinion for prizes.
  • Parking Panda (Android or iOS) – If you own a parking spot in a busy area, you can list it and rent it out.

Read more: 5 free apps for cashing in on your habits(FastCompany)

2. Microsoft will pay you $100 to move from Windows XP

If you're an existing Windows XP user, Microsoft has a deal for you. Microsoft is offering $100 off Windows 8 PCs if you go into a Microsoft store and say you want to make the switch. What's the catch? The deal is limited to certain computers and those computers have to cost at least $599.

Read more: Microsoft offers Windows XP users $100 off new Windows 8 PCs(TheNextWeb)

3. Here are tips on how to learn an instrument online

If you're an aspiring musician but can't afford one-on-one lessons, it's a good thing the Internet exists. Here are some tips to get you started:

Read more: Can I learn how to play an instrument online?(Lifehacker)

4. This simple app will help you navigate public transit more efficiently

Israeli-based startup Ototo is hoping to use data and user smartphones to make public transportation a little easier to navigate. How does it work? The app saves your favorite destinations and lets you find a route in two taps. The app will also track your stops so you know how close you are to your final spot.

Read more: This beautifully simple app wants to change how public transit works(Gizmodo)

5. Microsoft admitted to reading a journalist's email and is changing policy

A spokesperson from Microsoft admitted employees from the company had tapped into a journalist's Hotmail account and read emails while investigating a leak. Now, Microsoft is tightening their privacy and searching policies to confine any searches “to the matter under investigation and not search for other information”.

Read more: Microsoft admits reading journalist's emails, tightens privacy policy(The Guardian)